Monday 3 June 2019

Diablo 2: All Cinematics Remastered (4k 60fps, Playlist)

I think Desert Journey scaled the best out of all of them.

The two Act V cinematics, but especially Destruction's End, have a distinct checkboard pattern in the original videos that is not present in the other acts. I would guess this due to changes in how they compressed the videos in the expansion compared to the base game. Upscaling does not fix this issue, and as a result there are noticeable artifacts compared to earlier remastered cinematics.

Destruction's End scaled particularly poorly because of two main reasons: Tyrael has a ton of visual effects on him that limit the visual quality on his body and wings, and there's a lot of motion that caused a lot of compression artifacts in the original videos.

However, even the scenes that didn't benefit much from upscaling still benefit from the framerate increase.

Here are side-by-side comparisons for each cinematic:

Additional note, some of the videos are monetized because they were auto-claimed as belonging to Blizzard (which, to be fair, they do). So if you're seeing ads on them, that's why.